A few chapters today – you are doing GREAT! Let’s read Ezra chapters 9 and 10; then Nehemiah chapters 1 and 2. What is your take-a-way today? What can you apply to your life and learn from the Word of God today? Here’s a couple of mine:
“Now for a brief time God, our God, has allowed us, this battered band, to get a firm foothold in his holy place so that our God may brighten our eyes and lighten our burdens as we serve out this hard sentence. We were slaves; yet even as slaves, our God didn’t abandon us. He has put us in the good graces of the kings of Persia and given us the heart to build The Temple of our God” (Ezra 9:8-9 MSG)
God is always kind! God never leaves us! Your circumstances do not determine whether God is good – the goodness of God is a fact, no matter whether times are easy or hard.
“When I heard this, I sat down and wept. I mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God-of-Heaven. I said, ‘God, God-of-Heaven, the great and awesome God, loyal to his covenant and faithful to those who love him and obey his commands: Look at me, listen to me. Pay attention to this prayer of your servant that I’m praying day and night in intercession for your servants’ ” (Nehemiah 1:4-6 MSG)
Nehemiah fasts and prays, such an important discipline – and it yielded great results. Physical obedience can release spiritual results. Fasting is a discipline that disconnects you from the pull of the world, while prayer connects you to God. Don’t overlook this discipline in your own spiritual walk!